On the heels of landing ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), Ohio State picked up another verbal from an in-state defensive prospect as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) committed Sunday.
When Conley announced his decision, we mentioned that the Buckeyes' 2013 class is continuing to be defined by its strength among the ‘skilled’ positions, but there is still a noticeable push to strengthen the defensive trenches in Columbus, especially inside. With players like Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton) already on board, they now add Munger, a big man who can develop into a productive and steady presence inside.
Some time in the Buckeyes weight program should greatly benefit him and it would likely be ideal if they can redshirt Munger. However, the four-star uses his hands well and displays some headiness to aid his physical ability to help him be active and productive in the trenches. Best at this stage as a run defender, but shows some flashes as an interior pass rusher.
Like with Conley, their newest addition offers a little versatility, as Munger also shows some potential as a guard. But he'll likely land on defense for Ohio State, where with their other additions he can help Ohio State develop good depth inside, where you can never have enough capable bodies.
Munger may not be as flashy or dynamic as some of the Buckeyes other D-Line pickups and he may not be an immediate contributor, but can be develop into a good, productive football player for them.